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Largest and Smallest Slot Cars

Which are the largest and smallest slot cars?  An obvious enough question.  It would be interesting to hear any claims to have the largest and smallest - here’s a few examples of the larger and smaller ones that already exist.   It would be very interesting to hear about any examples that are more extreme - or better than just hearing about it, full details I can publish on this page!  

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Smallest

A good claim to the title of the smallest  slot car is a  Moose nano charger car converted to run on HO track, I don’t have exact size, it’s about 25 mm long and 14mm wide, in fact the widest part is the pick up contacts that have protrude beyond the sides of the body  to each  the pick up rails     (See link)        

Mads Aggerholm has posted a video of his claim to the smallest model raceway, this shows model MINIs are about 22mm long. The scale is quoted as 1/160.  The cars are not motorised, they run on a specially built 2 lane track which incorporates a chain under each slot.  Each chains is driven by an electric motors Each cars has a pin attached to it, which goes up through the slot and attaches to the chain which pulls the cars round the track.  This is not what is normally meant by a “slot car”. Motorising the track in this way avoids the challenge of providing  the very small motor, running gear and pick ups that a miniature slot car would need.

The smallest scale slot cars  in common use are HO.   The H0 cars normally raced are somewhere around 1/64 scale,  although some are built to 1/87 scale such as the Owner's Micro Slot Car Basic Set from Takara Tomy, with cars down to 47.2mm long, 18.4 wide.


Largest

The largest scale slot cars  in common use are 1/24.  Plenty of large static kits have been converted to slot cars, large American cars in 1/24 can be up to about 250mm long.  

There are some 1/12 scale slot cars raced in the USA, here’s a video of an example.   As 1/12  is a widely used scale for radio controlled racing, bodies, wheels, tyres etc. are easily available.

Some even larger ones:-




















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  Here’s an example of an even larger slot vehicle buit by Martin De’Ath that  work on standard 1/32 track   

Of course it all depends on what you mean by slot cars.    Here’s an example of an amusement park ride - slot guided electric powered cars big enough for 4 people to ride on.   Certainly much larger than anything that would fit on a normal slot car track, but  is that sort of thing really a slot car?